'Tis the season for weddings, and therefore, post-nuptial travel. According to Pinterest, honeymoon funds have replaced fine china and kitchenware as the new "It" gift for married couples (searches are up 200 percent this year alone). With that in mind, we asked the app to share the romantic destinations across the world that its users are pinning most, in case you (or your recently betrothed friends) need some quick vacay inspiration. From Bora Bora to the Amalfi Coast, here are the top 10 places to visit, registry be damned.
*Bathing suit optional.
Tara Lipinski and her fiancé, Todd Kapostasy, haven’t started wedding planning quite yet. Before diving into bride mode, the former Olympic figure skater has one major obstacle first. “I have Rio coming up and I’m hoping after that I can really get down to business,” Lipinski tells InStyle. She and her skating BFF, Johnny Weir, will act as NBC culture correspondents during the 2016 summer Olympics, covering everything from food to fashion in Brazil during the games. Even though Lipinski and her fiancé aren’t working on their nuptials yet, the duo recently threw an epic engagement party to kick off the celebrations. The bash was held at Mr. C in Los Angeles with the help of celeb planner extraordinaire, Mindy Weiss. “We were going to do it in our backyard and have a few friends over, but then I started working with Mindy, who’s also my wedding planner, and it just turned into a magical party,” Lipinski says. “Everything that I envisioned, it was ten times better than that. It was a really fun night and lots of our family and friends flew across the country to be there, which is the best part.” With the help of Wedding Paper Divas, Mindy Weiss used Lipinski and Kapostasy's input when planning the fête. “We worked closely together to come to decisions on everything from food to florals to the furniture we brought in specifically for the event,” Weiss tells InStyle. “Tara was really looking for something clean, crisp, and elegant. It was a joy working with them to bring their love story to life.” Scroll down for all of the fun details from the engagement party.
Meet the Top 9 Wedding Bouquets
When it comes to your wedding, we know you think of absolutely everything. Every last touch is perfectly planned, timed, and organized. And it all leads up to that one shining moment where you descend the aisle. Everyone rises, your dress is revealed for the first time, and you're holding a bouquet that you thought out and formulated to precision to coordinate with your theme, venue, and personal style. Basically, the bouquet is a big deal! It can be difficult to nail the right palette, though, and there's certainly no shortage of floral options. So, we asked the experts approved by popular wedding industry resource Carats & Cake to share some of the most beautiful bouquets they've seen, and the themes they fit best. Keep scrolling for some inspo for your big day, and learn to more about how each look was created. RELATED VIDEO:
Warning: being a DIY bride isn't for the faint of heart.
The excitement of an engagement and the fun of starting to plan a wedding often comes alongside a major reality check—planning your nuptials can put a serious dent in your bank account. From finding the perfect gown to choosing a caterer to hiring a band to decorating your venue, chances are your most consistent form of pre-wedding cardio will be whipping out your checkbook. But there are a few ways you can use your smartphone to help control the rising costs. Cue the Champagne: Here are three super smart apps that will help you shrink the mounting bills without having to choose paper plates over fine china for the reception.
Whether you're newly engaged or have multiple save-the-dates plastered to your fridge, one of the most important things to consider when contemplating the big day is what to give the happy couple (or, if you're the bride-to-be, what you'd ideally wish to receive). While most dutiful guests tend to stick to the registry (it's way less reliable than going rogue), if you want to back up your gift of choice with some hard data, online wedding registry Zola gathered the top 15 items recently purchased on its site. Read on below to find out what's trending. Spoiler alert: Kitchenware is having a moment.
Invited to a wedding but have no idea what the guest attire on the invite means? Don't worry, we've got you covered. To help you select an appropriate outfit for your next wedding celebration, we rounded up the most common wedding dress codes and what to wear for each. RELATED: To Post or Not to Post: 5 Tips to Help You Avoid a Wedding Social Media #Fail
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If you've been dreaming about your wedding your whole life, then you should make certain that no blissful moment goes uncaptured on the big day. And while there are a plethora of important photo-ops to take, some are statistically proven to garner more Instagram likes than others. We recently spoke with resident bridal guru Abby Larson, the brains behind the popular wedding site Style Me Pretty (and the accompanying gorgeous Instagram account), about the must-take 'grams you need to snap before you walk down the aisle, or observe from your seat. "Instagram is unique because people are becoming their own art directors," she told InStyle. "Whether you're a guest or part of the bridal party, you want to get the perfect shot." Read on below for her four can't-miss pics.
Throughout history and mythology, flowers have emerged as symbols of everything from purity and faithfulness to wisdom and joy. And there is no better way to make your big day even more special than opting for blooms that convey you and your future husband’s love for one another. Here, we rounded up ten of the most popular wedding flowers and the meanings behind them. RELATED: Beautiful In-Season Wedding Flowers That Won't Break the Bank
Looking for the perfect smoky eye inspo for your upcoming wedding? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Scroll down for eight seriously stunning celebrity makeup looks that aren't your average smokeshow. RELATED: Amazing Wedding Updos from Every Angle
Invited to a wedding but all the 'good' registry items are already gone? Don't panic, we've got you covered. Choosing the perfect wedding gift can be annoying (not to mention time-consuming), especially if you don't know the couple and their lifestyle that well. Yes, a bird cage may seem like a cool idea, but trust us, it's probably not on every couple's wedding wish-list. Instead, opt for a classic present that will actually be of use and that the newly-weds will ultimately remember you by (and not despise you for.) To help you in your search, we picked some of the most coveted gifts couples want and hope to get on their wedding day. RELATED: Unwrapped! Hot Wedding Registry Trends & Gift Picks
Flowers are the centerpiece of any wedding, but it's not just your traditional arrangements. Today’s event designers are going classic styles with bold new bouquets to impress discerning guests. Just a few of the fresh ideas on the forefront: petal walls (the new must-have, thanks to Kim and Kanye), paper flowers (à la Lauren Conrad’s bridal shower), floral chandeliers, escort card trees, botanical cocktails, and even scenting your wedding venue with floral fragrances! Feast your eyes on these knock-out wedding blooms--- you might just find the right picks for your big day. PHOTOS: The modern guide to wedding blooms. RELATED: Scripted! Push the Envelope with Wedding Calligraphy